By Jenine Samara ‘22
This year’s State of the Union Address left much of the country with a question mark over their heads. At the onset, the lack of assurance in the President’s speech was certainly evident. Certain elements that remain fixated in President Trump’s ideas were strongly conflicted during his address. Contrary to his tweets, Donald Trump proselytized a lot about bipartisanship and his desire to stride for a country whose limits exceed those of a specific political agenda.
However, his tweets and declarations tell a different story. The President’s tirades of scapegoating the Democratic Party for various political, social, and economic problems are far from the political unity he spoke of during his address.
Another notable aspect of the State of the Union Address was the frequent discussion of the economy. Although there were several components to his speech, it felt as if every issue, regardless of the sector, was returned to a discussion of economics. In addition, Mr. Trump ceased to regard the critical issue of climate change once. Trump’s attention to the economy has always been significant, but has it reached a point where his fixation on the economy has “trumped” other important issues?
On a lighter, more inspirational note, The State of the Union was an event that provided a great sense of female unity. Women in Congress coordinated with one another and wore white as an homage to the suffragettes. During the era in which women fought for suffrage, women wore white dresses in order to establish a universal identity and press coverage for themselves. Kudos to the congresswomen who used this event to channel the empowering and inspiring message of the women who paved the pathway for our liberties.